Single Parents and Their Children

The Good News No One Ever Tells You

“Single Parents and Their Children” is a myth-busting, consciousness-raising collection of articles that defies all of the stereotypes that diminish and degrade single-parent families. Drawing from scientific research, Dr. Bella DePaulo shows that the dire predictions about the fate of the children of single parents are grossly exaggerated or just plain wrong. What’s more, there are ways in which the children of single parents are doing better than everyone else. That’s the good news no one ever tells you.

Professor DePaulo has been described by Atlantic magazine as “America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience.” This book includes more than a dozen of her most influential writings on single parents and their children. Essays inspired by the daughter of a single mother and guest articles by independent parent Tricia Parker are also featured. Bella DePaulo’s articles originally appeared in her popular “Living Single” blog at Psychology Today and her “Single at Heart” blog at PsychCentral, as well as in the Guardian.


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